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Can Spices Bolster Auto-Immune Health?

A recent Third Age newsletter discusses the medicinal impact of common spices, citing Victoria Zak’s book “The Magic Teaspoon.” For instance:

* A diet rich in cayenne-spiced chili can protect against the formation of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.


* When you add a teaspoon of cinnamon to contaminated apple juice, the E. coli can be reduced as much as 99.5 percent in three days.

* Oregano is an anti-oxidant.

* Rosemary has phytochemicals that can help in the treatment of arthritis.

* Turmeric is an antioxidant that can protect against cancer, lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and increase insulin sensitivity.

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posted December 21, 2006 at 2:43 pm

I use so many spices(from Frontier Herbs-organic) that sometimes I am eating more spice than the food I am cooking. Well Peter D’Adamo, the Blood Type Diet doc and my naturopathic physician, insists on using spices to keep the immune system doing what its supposed to do. Tasty food!

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posted December 23, 2006 at 11:16 am

I use Simply Organic spices in my mostly organic satvic lactovegetarian diet. My food bill ranges $50-$75 a week for me when it could be cut in half if I bought regular commercial stuff, but the simple plain-jane diet I consume is helping me lose weight (so far 30 lbs. in 6 mos.), lower the already optimum readings of cholesterol and blood pressure I have, and is boosting my immune system. Better an ounce of prevention than a pound of cure. 😛

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